Black is the New Black

 

Today it is all about black in the test kitchen. We are experimenting with inky black ingredients in all kinds of ways. Here are a few highlights.

We took sheets of dark green Japanese nori, dipped them in a light batter and fried them up for a crispy, nearly-black garnish.

Black rice is the base for a gooey rice pudding with coconut and mango.

Charred leeks make vegetable ash, which can be sprinkled over and mixed into all kinds of dishes.

Finally, we're making a black garlic aioli full of the rich earthiness and delicate sweetness of the black cloves.